Best Noise Cancelling Curtains – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

Are you constantly being asked to stop practicing so loudly by family and neighbours? You can’t stop practicing, and you may not have access to an alternative space. Even if noise complaints aren’t an issue, echoes can interfere with your perception of how you sound, and can be extremely detrimental for recording, even though you may not be able to detect these at the time.

This is why professional studios are covered from floor to ceiling is noise cancelling materials.

You might even have the opposite problem of outside sound interfering with your focus.

The best solution to these problems is to soundproof your practice or studio space. Using the spiky looking material can get extremely expensive very quickly.

A far cheaper and still effective method is to simply use noise cancelling curtains.

At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Noise Cancelling Curtains On The Market

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Buyer's Tips: What to look for in a noise absorbing curtain

  • Ensure that the curtains are long enough to reach from floor to ceiling in order to provide maximum sound proofing.
  • The denser the material used, the more bass frequencies will be absorbed. If you play violin, you may be able to get away with lighter materials than those of you who are bass guitarists.
  • For width, the longer the better. Using a pair of noise cancelling curtains longer than the wall it is covering allows for more of the material to dampen sound, potentially increasing their noise cancelling efficacy by up to 4x.
  • Noise reducing curtains are often heavier than those you would be used to, so be careful to check whether the existing curtain rod is capable of supporting the weight.
  • Noise cancelling curtains that look like ordinary domestic curtains provide much less noise cancelling than those made for recording studios or industrial environments, but also don’t look as strange in a living room.

Ok let's look at each product in more detail. To make things easier for you, we've added pros and cons for each one, as well as a video demonstration so you can see them in action. So without further ado, let’s take a look...

Best Noise Cancelling Curtains 

1. Absolute Zero Home Theatre Curtains

Absolute Zero Total Blackout Stone Blue Faux Velvet Curtain Panel, 95 in. Length

A lot of emphasis is placed on the light blocking properties, but the same design makes them excellent for noise cancelling purposes.

  • ​Lighter weight than true velvet, with similar sound reduction levels thanks to the foam backing applied to polyester panels
  • All panels are 50” wide, making it fairly easy to cover all walls of your practice or studio space, and are available in three different lengths (63”, 84” and 95”)
  • Come in a number of different colours, so you don’t have to live in total darkness every time you want to practice.
  • Only a single curtain, not a double set 
  • Curtains are considered by some as thinner than expected 

2. Moondream Soundproof Curtains

Moondream Sound Insulation Curtain, 3-in-1 Noise-Blackout-Thermal Insulation, Patented Technology, 57Wx84L Inch, Grey (Stone MC17), Grommet, 1 Panel

Slightly less budget friendly than the Absolute Zero curtains, these set a high standard for noise cancelling curtains. They are available in four length sizes, 63”, 84”, 95” and 108” with a fixed width of 57”.

  • ​Can reduce sound significantly, tested to show a reduction of 7 db through a single glazed window
  • Also reduces heat let into a room, so your instruments will be better protected from damage due to heat induced warping
  • Noise reduction properties have been independently tested 
  • Only one panel is included per purchase, and for dealing with loud practice volumes you will need to double up for enough of an impact
  • Dry clean only
  • They need to be cleaned before using them the first time

3. Residential Acoustics Sound Blocking Panel

Residential Acoustics Soundproof, Thermal, Blackout Curtains (Cream and Tan, Medium: 35' W x 60' L)

Most sound blocking curtains are by-products of thermal and light insulating designs. Residential Acoustics do it on purpose.

  • ​Extremely high STC (sound transmission class) rating of 29
  • Simple to install and remove
  • Available in multiple sizes from the smallest at 24” x 40” up to 56” x 74”
  • ​Compared to typical curtains, these are quite small so you would need a lot to cover more than a door
  • Quite expensive

4. Nicetown Triple Pass Microfibre Panels (Budget Choice)

NICETOWN Blackout Curtains Panels for Bedroom - Three Pass Microfiber Noise Reducing Thermal Insulated Solid Ring Top Blackout Window Drapes (Two Panels, 52 x 84 Inch, Gray)

Uses three layers of fabric to make a big impact on sound levels. They’re similar to the Moondream and Absolute Zero designs, but are much cheaper. 

  • ​Far cheaper than acoustic panels
  • Can be machine washed if needed
  • Helps save energy on heating/cooling costs
  • ​Doesn’t work so well to protect your neighbours from high volume band practice by itself
  • Only available in 52” width
  • No rod included

5. Singer Safety Quilted Fibreglass Panels (Editor's Choice)

Singer Safety SC125 Double Faced Quilted Fiberglass Panel with Grommets and 1 lbs/sqft Barrier Septum, 4' Width x 4' Height x 2' Thick

For serious sound reduction, these are the best way to go. They’re absolutely HUGE, so soundproofing an entire room is a simple task. 

  • 4x4 feet in length, and has grommets for easy installation
  • Can reduce up to 21 DB
  • Easy to wipe clean

  • ​Not budget friendly, so be sure that there isn’t another space you could use instead that would remove the need for soundproofing
  • Look quite ugly so they can’t double up as regular curtains

Summary

If you still can’t decide which noise cancelling curtains are the best for you, here’s a little help.

I need serious noise cancelling
Best choice: Singer Safety

I need them to look good
Best choice: Absolute Zero

I need them to be cheap
Best Choice: Nicetown

I only need to cover a small area
Best choice: Residential Acoustics

Image Credits:

Photo by norihito08 / CC 2.0

Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Django Mango’ and a lover of all things music. When he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his ’79 Campervan.

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